Bjorn Holmberg

Björn Holmberg

Current Position
Founder at Swedepeace

Past Positions
Country Director, Sida and Deputy Head of Mission at Swedish Embassy in Guatemala
Vice Chair of the Network on Conflict, Peace and Development Cooperation (CPDC) of the OECD Development Assistant Committee (DAC)
Head of Division at Division for Peace and Security, Sida
Advisor and Coordinator of the Advisory Team on Peace and Security at Division ofr Humanitarian Assistance, Sida

Positions in Donor Mechanisms
2008, President of the Group for Coordination of Development Cooperation (GCC/G-13), which comprises the 14 main bilateral and multilateral donors to Guatemala.
2005-2006 Vice Chair of the Network on Conflict, Peace and Development Cooperation (CPDC) of the OECD Development Assistant Committee (DAC)
2005, Chair and organizer of the Conflict Prevention and Post-Conflict Reconstruction Network (CPR) Annual Meeting. CPR comprises the major global bilateral and multilateral donors.

Education
1998, Ph.D. in Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University
1989, Infantry's Officer Academy, Halmstad

More than 20 years of field and HQ experience on issues related to peace and security from a theoretical and a “hands-on” perspective (research, Swedish Armed Forces, private sector, the UN Secretariat, Sida, the Swedish Embassy in Guatemala, and the OECD);

Acknowledged skills in converting theory to practice and vice versa and to integrate other perspectives such as gender equality, child rights, democracy, environment etc;
Deep-seated methodological and results oriented approach to planning, execution, and evaluation (project, programme, sector);

Long and multifaceted experience in management and organizational development;

More than two decades organizing and executing capacity building for different target groups (Government representatives, students, multilateral agencies, diplomats, civil society from South and North, military, police, customs etc.);

Excellent “know-how” of political dialogue related to conflict management and resolution as well as the processes surrounding appropriation, alignment and harmonization (Paris Declaration/AAA, Accra);

Specialties
Deep knowledge and strong capacity of peace and security issues: conflict prevention and resolution early warning, , conflict sensitivity (“Do No Harm”), dialogue, reconciliation, justice and security system reform (JSSR or SSR), small arms and lights weapons (SALW), reduction of armed violence (AVR), disarmament, demobilization and re-integration (DDR).

Language
Swedish, native language
English, fluent
Spanish, fluent

Case Studies

Promoting Local Ownership Through a Thematic Assessment in Guatemala's Justice Sector

In 2005, an intense national dialogue was taking place in Guatemala on the dramatic increase of homicides. Several donors tried to strengthen the National Civil Police’s and the Public Ministry’s capacity to investigate and prosecute homicide cases. There was a tremendous lack of knowledge regarding the weaknesses and strengths of the justice and security system in this area and there was no baseline to inform better programming.

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Videos

Aid effectiveness in JSSR

Björn Holmberg discusses the challenges facing aid effectiveness when supporting JSSR, highlighting the importance of donors supporting national ownership and national consensus in a cohesive manner. 

Björn Holmberg

Dr. Björn Holmberg has more than 20 years of field and HQ experience on issues related to peace and human security from a theoretical and a “hands-on” perspective. He is presently Secretary General of Swedepeace Foundation (2009-), a non-profit and impartial foundation promoting peaceful conflict resolution and human security. He holds a Ph.D. in Peace and Conflict Research from Uppsala University and was commissioned as an Officer in the Army Reserve at the Swedish Infantry’s Officer Academy in 1989.  Dr. Holmberg has been published on different topics such as causes of war, conflict analysis, peacebuilding, peacekeeping, SSR, DDR, etc. Currently, Dr. Björn Holmberg is the leader of the Swiss JSSR Support Team providing support to the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) and Partners Inter-American Bank, in their Programme Integrated Security Sector Reform and Violence Prevention in Honduras.

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Application of Tools Supporting the Theory of Change

Björn Holmberg discusses the application different tools that support a Theory of Change and how they can help make a common vision more clearer as well as  identify potential risks that may occur. These supporting tools include: Context analysis, actor analysis, scenario analysis, conflict analysis and conflict sensitive analysis. 

Björn Holmberg

Dr. Björn Holmberg has more than 20 years of field and HQ experience on issues related to peace and human security from a theoretical and a “hands-on” perspective. He is presently Secretary General of Swedepeace Foundation (2009-), a non-profit and impartial foundation promoting peaceful conflict resolution and human security. He holds a Ph.D. in Peace and Conflict Research from Uppsala University and was commissioned as an Officer in the Army Reserve at the Swedish Infantry’s Officer Academy in 1989.  Dr. Holmberg has been published on different topics such as causes of war, conflict analysis, peacebuilding, peacekeeping, SSR, DDR, etc. Currently, Dr. Björn Holmberg is the leader of the Swiss JSSR Support Team providing support to the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) and Partners Inter-American Bank in their Programme Integrated Security Sector Reform and Violence Prevention in Honduras.

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Holistic Approach to Supporting National Ownership in JSSR

Bjorn Holmberg discusses the critical role of civil society play in the JSSR process, particularly in terms of strengthening accountability and governance. Bjorn also emphasis the importance of supporting civil society during the national ownership process of JSSR. 

Bjorn Holmberg

Dr. Björn Holmberg has more than 20 years of field and HQ experience on issues related to peace and human security from a theoretical and a “hands-on” perspective. He is presently Secretary General of Swedepeace Foundation (2009-), a non-profit and impartial foundation promoting peaceful conflict resolution and human security. He holds a Ph.D. in Peace and Conflict Research from Uppsala University and was commissioned as an Officer in the Army Reserve at the Swedish Infantry’s Officer Academy in 1989.  Dr. Holmberg has been published on different topics such as causes of war, conflict analysis, peacebuilding, peacekeeping, SSR, DDR, etc. Currently, Dr. Björn Holmberg is the leader of the Swiss JSSR Support Team providing support to the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) and Partners Inter-American Bank in their Programme Integrated Security Sector Reform and Violence Prevention in Honduras.

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Supporting Change in JSSR

Interview with Björn Holmberg, where he introduces the concept of Theory of Change (ToC). He argues that, when applied together with the key actors as a first step, the ToC can be an effective catalyst for JSSR.

Björn Holmberg

Dr. Björn Holmberg has more than 20 years of field and HQ experience on issues related to peace and human security from a theoretical and a “hands-on” perspective. He is presently Secretary General of Swedepeace Foundation (2009-), a non-profit and impartial foundation promoting peaceful conflict resolution and human security. He holds a Ph.D. in Peace and Conflict Research from Uppsala University and was commissioned as an Officer in the Army Reserve at the Swedish Infantry’s Officer Academy in 1989.  Dr. Holmberg has been published on different topics such as causes of war, conflict analysis, peacebuilding, peacekeeping, SSR, DDR, etc. Currently, Dr. Björn Holmberg is the leader of the Swiss JSSR Support Team providing support to the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) and Partners Inter-American Bank in their Programme Integrated Security Sector Reform and Violence Prevention in Honduras.

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Identifier les dimensions de fragilité dans la RSSJ

Björn Holmberg s’intéresse aux différentes dimensions de fragilité institutionnelle dans le support à la RSSJ. Björn présente des exemples de conséquences négatives de la faiblesse de la fonction publique et de l’effet du trafic de drogues sur la RSSJ. 

Björn Holmberg

Dr. Björn Holmberg a plus de vingt ans d’expériences sur le terrain et dans l’administration centrale sur des thèmes liés à la paix et la sécurité humaine, tant d’un point de vue théorique que pratique. Il est actuellement le secrétaire général de la Swedepeace Foundation (2009-), une organisation suédoise sans but lucratif et neutre qui promeut la résolution pacifique des conflits et la sécurité humaine. Il a un doctorat de recherche sur la paix et la résolution des conflits de l’université d’Uppsala ; il est également officier d’infanterie de réserve depuis 1989 dans l’armée suédoise. Dr. Holmberg a publié sur différents sujets tels que les causes de la guerre, l’analyse des conflits, la consolidation de la paix, le maintien de la paix, la RSS, le DDR, etc.  Actuellement, Dr. Björn Holmberg dirige la Swiss JSSR Support Team qui soutient la  Direction du développement et de la coopération suisse (DDC) et Partners Inter-American Bank dans leur programme Integrated Security Sector Reform and Violence Prevention in Honduras .

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Building Trust and National Ownership in SSR

In this video, Dr. Björn Holmberg discusses the importance of having time for dialogue and building trust with local actors to understand their driving forces and dynamics when supporting the SSR process. Björn also highlights that SSR support approaches should be realistic and centered on the promotion of national ownership. 

Björn Holmberg

Dr. Björn Holmberg has more than 20 years of field and HQ experience on issues related to peace and human security from a theoretical and a “hands-on” perspective. He holds a Ph.D. in Peace and Conflict Research from Uppsala University. He was the Secretary General of Swedepeace Foundation (2009-2017), a non-profit and impartial foundation promoting peaceful conflict resolution and human security and was commissioned as an Officer in the Army Reserve at the Swedish Infantry’s Officer Academy in 1989.  Dr. Holmberg has been published on different topics such as causes of war, conflict analysis, peacebuilding, peacekeeping, SSR, DDR, etc. Currently, Dr. Björn Holmberg is the Swiss SSR Support Team leader providing support to the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) and Partners Inter-American Bank in their Programme Integrated Security Sector Reform and Violence Prevention in Honduras Programme in Honduras. Dr. Holmberg is current Director for the Challenges Forum - The International Forum for Challenges of Peace Operations.  

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Other Documents

Developing a Theory of Change for Justice and Security Sector Reform in Honduras

ISSAT and Swedepeace had a standing engagement in Honduras since 2013 providing technical assistance to the Swiss Agency for Development and Corporation (SDC) and their partners in civil society Alliance for Peace and Justice (APJ), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Secretary of Security of Honduras (SEDS). The Swiss JSSR Team supported the SEDS in their strategic planning by training on and applying a theory of change (ToC). The ToC process was a timely tool for this exercise, as it provided an opportunity to internally reflect on their current planning process and how it will impact externally. The process also allowed for a common understanding for base line to be developed as well as the definition of a desired end-state.

Kindly find the mandate report attached. 

For more information on the mandate Backstopping Support to SDC Honduras (2016-18), kindly follow the link. 

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